*This report is to date incomplete. Please come back in a couple days for the complete version. Thanks! April 20, 2005 the Commission on Human Rights voted on Item 15, Indigenous Issues, much to the embarrassment of the Americans and Australians citizens in the room. All of the resolutions concerning indigenous issues were passed, even… Continue reading Wolves backed into the corner: Voting on Item 15, Indigenous Issues (Or the Twenty-fifth Report on the 61st UN Commission on Human Rights, April 20, 2005)
During today’s extended sessions, Item 18 on Effective functioning of human rights mechanisms: a) Treaty bodies, b) National institutions and regional arrangements, c) Adaptation and strengthening of the United Nations machinery for human rights was concluded with the last few NGO interventions. Many went through issues that had been touched upon during yesterday’s debate on… Continue reading A long day’s work for human rights (or Twenty-fourth Report on the 61st UN Commission on Human Rights, April 19, 2005)
The Commission continued its discussion of Item 17 on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, with similar comments on the situation of human rights defenders, capital punishment, sexual orientation and the like being debated by the various governments and NGO’s. Mr. Akich Okola, the Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Burundi… Continue reading A little less conversation, a little more action (or the Twenty-third Report on the 61st UN Commission on Human Rights, April 18, 2005)
Riding a dead horse.
*Sorry for the late posting of this report, I was unable to access the website from home for some reason beyond the comprehension of my technical inexpertise! As you all can imagine, after four weeks of consistent attendance and reporting on the Commission, at the culmination of what was to me the high point of… Continue reading From a distance (or the Nineteenth, Twentieth and Twenty-First reports on the 61st UN Commission on Human Rights 12-14 April, 2005)